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In 20+ years of doing business, we’ve read many books and tried countless apps & tools to increase our productivity, stimulate our creativity, boost our success or simply make daily life easier.
Today we’re excited to share our all-time favorites with you!
How about music designed by scientists to help you focus and put you “in the zone” while you’re working? Use their focus mode and watch your productivity increase. We did!
If you’re looking for an effective to-do list app, TickTick is a joy to use. The best part is, it has an integrated calendar: drag-and-drop any task to schedule it and assign reminders.
Are you an adept of the Pomodoro technique? It’s a popular time-management method that breaks your workday into 25-minute sessions, separated by 5-minute breaks. Pomotroid is a sleek-looking timer for your computer that does exactly that, and you can customize the timings at will.
Are you tired of wasting hours online instead of working? This is one of the toughest, most customizable internet blocker available. Block any app or website, and stick to a schedule.
This app just blocks your internet connection. It’s less customizable than Cold Turkey, but free. You can even use a password (and give it to someone else to stay disciplined!). Windows only.
Studies have found that we’re more productive with a certain amount of background noise. Coffee shop? Rainstorm? Noisly lets you mix and match to build your ideal background sound.
Do you like Kanban board apps such as Trello? Here’s an open-source alternative that can be used completely offline. It’s a quick, simple and visual way to plan your day, week, month or project.
If you’re looking for an offline alternative to Evernote or OneNote, this free app is great for taking notes and organizing them. It never needs to sync and works entirely offline. Windows only.
Searching for a great alternative to Evernote or OneNote? Look no further than UpNote. It’s pretty, supports lists, markdown and images. If you don’t like subscriptions, UpNote also has a lifetime plan.
Get organized and Boost your productivity with our line of minimally-designed printable planners on Etsy. We wanted something that could be used and printed instantly, but also something that would be clean and simple and help us make the most of our day.
Frustrated with Windows Explorer? Directory Opus can replace it and do a lot more: dual pane, dual folder tree and a tabbed interface that lets you keep many folders open and switch between them.
Tired of making grocery lists? Just circle what you’re out of! Our brains process images 60,000 times faster than text. Make your lists in a flash, remember what you need at a glance & speed up your grocery shopping, all while having fun. We are the happy makers of this product!
Motivation & Success
A remarkable book that has helped countless people around the world defeat “resistance” and overcome the many obstacles standing in the way of self-fulfillment. Our all-time favorite motivation book.
Can you really transform your life by changing your morning routine? After reading this book, we think so! Try this new morning ritual and take your energy, motivation and focus to the next level.
If you’re a blogger, novelist, journalist, screenwriter, or just need a seriously good tool to organize all your writing, Scrivener is the cream of the crop. Used and praised by countless writers.
Instant English dictionary and thesaurus! Ctrl + Right-click on any English word to instantly pull up its definition, whether online or on your desktop. It also has some terrific dictionary add-ons such as the Oxford, Collins or Chambers. Windows only.
Do you love non-fiction books, but lack the time to read them all? With Shortform, you can read or listen to the key ideas from thousands of non-fiction books. Their summaries are very well written, and they even add their own insights to help you understand important points.
If you’re a voracious reader, you’ll find thousands of people like you on Goodreads, and tons of reviews and recommendations. Every year readers also vote for the best books by genre, so be sure to check out the winners and nominees to find your next great read.
At ElwynLife, this is our first stop whenever we need to learn something new. Choose from thousands of top-notch courses and learn pretty much anything you want. You can often get huge discounts by using coupons from https://couponcause.com/stores/udemy-coupon-codes/
Linkedin Learning offers tons of online courses on many topics, from coding to business, to marketing or photography. Instead of paying per class, their plans give you unlimited access to all their courses.
If you want to learn anything technical, Pluralsight is one of the biggest platforms around. They have thousands of excellent courses for software developers, IT administrators, and digital artists.
Delegate & AI
If you’re not yet using it everyday, you’re missing out! ChatGPT can answer the most complex questions and save you hours of work. It can assist with learning, writing, and even provide coding help.
Networking & Marketing
This fantastic Gmail add-on lets you send hundreds of emails in one go and auto-fills the names of your prospects from a spreadsheet. A game-changer when you need to submit your work, product, reel or portfolio to hundreds of people at once. It even follows up automatically.
The easiest website builder around, with no need to code. We have built many business websites with Wix and we’re very happy with their service. If you’re a blogger though, we would recommend WordPress + Elementor Pro (more on this below). These services are better adapted for blogs, but they do come with a slight learning curve. If you want a great-looking website live asap, you can’t beat the simplicity of Wix.
Another excellent website builder, with a slight learning curve. We would rate their ease of use somewhere between Wix (the easiest all-around) and Elementor (see below). But we really like their templates, and they look so sleek you can just use them as is.
Elementor Pro is a very powerful builder for WordPress, and it lets you move blocks around with no need to code. Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty much as easy to use as Wix, and perfect to design blogs and complex websites.
Note that Elementor Pro needs a WordPress Theme to function, but you can simply use the free theme “Hello Elementor”, which Elementor created specifically to work with their builder. The website on which you are now has been designed using WordPress + Hello Elementor Theme + Elementor Pro.
Once you get used to working with Elementor Pro, you’ll be able to design very complex websites, not to mention there are TONS of companies offering free and paid plugins to supercharge your website with complex add-ons (hotel booking, e-commerce website, large online stores, etc.), all without coding.
After a certain hour, hotels give great discounts on the rooms they haven’t booked. If it’s late and you need a hotel room for tonight, this app lists the very best deals around, and we’ve always been pleased with their curated selection of hotels. We suggest installing their smartphone app, so you can find a cheap room on the go at the very last minute.
You probably know this website already, but if you don’t, it’s one of the best places online to book a hotel fast and cheap.
Need to know what bus/metro/train will take you to your destination? How many minutes walk to the station? Quickest or cheapest way to get there? This app covers all means of transport and gives you a detailed itinerary in any major city. A must-have.
A really quick and easy way to search for flights and their rates. We love their price graph which lets you find the best days to book your flights.
One of the best flight search engines around, recommended by many.
This smartphone app lets you rent a hotel room during the day so you can shower, nap, do some work, use the spa, gym or the pool. Very useful when you’re on the road.
Tell this smartphone app which city you’re visiting and it will create an itinerary of the best sights to see in the time you have. Build 1 to 7 day itineraries, and tailor them to your interests.
Having lunch at the airport while waiting for your flight to board? Don’t want to look around for the nearest flight board? This smartphone app gives you the same info in real time on your phone.
Europe’s most popular long-distance carpooling platform, BlaBlaCar lets you rent a seat in someone’s else car. Cheaper than a train and good if you like to make conversation. Read reviews of previous riders and choose your driver with confidence.
Creativity & Design
If you’re always in need of stock photos, footage, icons, graphics, music, or sound effects, you can’t beat Envato Elements and their unlimited download plan, all approved for commercial use.
Another stunning text-to-image AI generator. If you’re after a very specific result, Stable diffusion gives you much more control over your image than Midjourney, but has a steeper learning curve.
If you’re looking to upgrade the look of your blog, this free add-on for Elementor is fantastic – it lets you customize your blog list more than Elementor, and is completely free.
Online Privacy & Security
If you need to backup your data at regular intervals, this soft will copy all the files you need from one drive to another at the times you’ve scheduled. Simple, effective and works with cloud drives.
Macrium Reflect can create a backup of your entire system for free, which can then be replicated. If your system crashes and can’t be repaired, this is a great way to recreate your drive exactly as it was.
Lifestyle & Wellness
Business, Money & Management
This book will help you navigate high-stakes conversations at work and at home. Learn to better communicate when problems arise, and see how the right words can improve any situation.
One of the cheapest and fastest way to transfer money internationally, and much cheaper than regular banks. Can also be used to get paid in a foreign currency with no fees. We’ve been using it for years and we love it.
We hope these recommendations will help you as much as they helped us.
Thanks again for choosing Elwyn Life & Happy Planning!